Vulnerable as she is brave, delicate as she is intense — Eddie Redmayne has us head over heels at his characterisation of transgender artist Lili Elbe
It's been a big year for the transgender community in entertainment — what with Caitlyn Jenner's big reveal, as well as the recent announcement of a transgender woman in a lead role in new BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl. With the reveal of The Danish Girl's first trailer yesterday, things are about to get really interesting.
In this biopic set in 1920s Denmark, we see Redmayne as Einar Wegener, the husband of his fellow artist wife Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). One day, when his wife's female model was absent, she persuades her husband to pose for her in women's clothes — and thus began Wegener's journey to becoming Lili Elbe.
Of course, you don't need to watch the film to find out what happens in the end — based on a true story, Elbe eventually went on to become the first person to publicly undergo a sexual reassignment surgery, and the duo's marriage was annulled. Still, it's a film we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for, notably for Redmayne's stunning portrayal. Even though we've only seen highlights of it in the trailer, we're already moved.
After embodying Stephen Hawking down pat in The Theory of Everything, the Academy Award-winning actor pushes the envelope further by playing a transgender woman. What can we say? We hear the sleigh bells of another Oscar ringing.
Watch the trailer for The Danish Girl below.
The Danish Girl will be in competition at the Venice Film Festival, running from today till 12 September. The film opens in theatres in November.